Yesterday, being interviewed by Laura Ingraham, Trump said that he isn't worried about all of the State Department jobs that are still unfilled after nine months because -- and this is his quote, "the one that matters is me. I am the only one that matters."
Now, yes, I know that this has come under a wee bit of criticism, with some pointing out that that's not how international diplomacy works, and that it's seriously dangerous, showing the pitfalls most notably with North Korea pushing towards nuclear war. For starters. Not to mention problems remaining in the Middle East. And with the Iran nuclear agreement. (Nukes do show up here a lot...) And the Russia sanctions -- along with pretty much everything Russian. And China. And...well, okay, we get the point.
But I have a different perspective on it. Me, I think it's great. Because finally! At last Trump is on the record saying that if anything goes wrong with the State Department, he's the one to blame.
Of course, this clearly wasn't just a slip of the flapping tongue, since Trump has said things like this before -- that "I alone can fix it" and that he knows more about ISIS than all the generals. So, this is simply who he is. But still, for all his self-mania, you have to admit, "I'm the only one that matters" is still pretty good even by his standards.
And in the end, me being me, when I read Trump's statement, I couldn't help but think of a song from a musical that fits spot-on perfectly. I've posted it here previously, but it's too ideal not to repeat it here. The song is from the utterly bizarre move musical, ...Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? It has a score by Anthony Newley and Herbert Kretzmer (who wrote the lyrics to Les Miserables). This is the final, egregiously egomanical number of pure bombast that, at the climax of the movie, somehow is able to top the two hours of mind-numbing egocentric pontification that went on before and lead up to it. It's a song called, "I'm All I Need."
It's amazing how well it fits.
11/4/2017 07:58:23 am
Just FYI.. the entire movie is available at
11/4/2017 08:56:30 am
I would say thanks for the note, except that having seen the film years ago at a college screening, I would not recommend viewing unless under medical supervision or duress, or when asleep. I would normally not promote on this site a link to the film, though since it doesn't appear available elsewhere, this is probably the only way to see it -- if one chooses to do so for some inexplicable reason.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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